A GCSE in Business may not make you a millionaire by the time you are 21 (although there is a chance it could!) but it will provide an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business, giving the basic skills necessary to produce a business plan and help to manage your own company. You will learn that every business decision has financial implications, and be taught how to calculate profit, forecast cash flow and analyse a firm’s published accounts alongside investigating into what is the key to business success.

Our departmental aims include:

To foster an interest in and enjoyment of Business so that students are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
To enable students to understand better the world in which they live so they can participate in decision making as consumers, producers and stakeholders.
To provide students with knowledge and understanding of the key principles and concepts underpinning Business.
To develop the ability to communicate accurately and effectively in using knowledge and ideas in verbal, numerical, written, diagrammatic and graphical ways.
To encourage students to think critically about the value and limitations of Business in the real world.


GCSE: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business

During year 10 you’ll start by exploring the world of small businesses through the lens of an entrepreneur. How and why do business ideas come about? What makes a successful business? You’ll learn how to develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective, manage money and see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

In year 11 you will then move on to investigating business growth.  How does a business develop beyond the start-up phase? You’ll learn about key business concepts and issues and decisions you need to make when growing a business and working in a global business. You’ll learn about meeting customer needs, making marketing, operational, financial and human resourcing decisions and you’ll explore how the wider world impacts the business as it grows.

Educational visits and extra curricular activity

There are plenty of trips organised to put theory learnt in the classroom into practice. Some previous trips have included; Chester City Centre to conduct market research and The Co-op’s Head Office in Manchester.

Rooms and resources

There is a dedicated Business room which overlooks the stunning countryside and has the use of an interactive whiteboard. The department utilises ICT during lessons by using Quizziz and Kahoot. Specialist text books are issued and are used in conjunction with a wide-range of additional text books, ICT and audio-visual materials.